Lexington, KY, United States (4E Sports) – Kentucky second-year coach Mark Stoops announced that redshirt sophomore Patrick Towles will be the starting quarterback for the Wildcats this season.
“This competition has brought out the best in our quarterbacks and I’m confident in Patrick moving our team forward,” said Stoops.
Towles edged Drew Barker, Reese Phillips and former starter Maxwell Smith for the starting job.
A Kentucky native, Towles played in five games as a freshman, completing 19 of 40 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown, but redshirted last season under the new coaching staff.
The 6-foot-5, 238-pound quarterback led Fort Thomas (Kentucky) Highlands High School to three consecutive state championships and was the state’s top-ranked player when he signed with the Wildcats in 2012.
Kentucky will open the season Aug. 30 at home against Tennessee-Martin.